ORBCOMM is to provide US firm Ryder System with a comprehensive machine-to-machine (M2M) telematics solution tailored for its fleet of more than 30,000 dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers.
The solution will provide connectivity through its hardware and a web-based analytics platform for fleet management. Ryder will utilise the ORBCOMM solution in both its lease and rental trailer fleets in response to customer demand for a best-of-breed tracking and monitoring solution.
The technology will make it easier for Ryder customers to monitor their assets in real time, maximising visibility and utilisation. In addition, the technology can provide refrigerated trailer monitoring and control for Ryder’s cold chain customers to improve quality, mitigate product spoilage and ensure compliance with new food safety regulations.
For its dry van and flatbed trailers, Ryder is using ORBCOMM’s GT1100, a ruggedized, easy-to-install device with a low, one-inch height profile and small form factor, making it ideal for tracking and monitoring trailers and other types of cargo assets.
The GT1100 is sensor-compatible and self-powered with solar recharging technology for low power consumption and long service life in the field. The GT1100 also recently won the 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award for Innovation in M2M.
For its refrigerated trailers, Ryder is using ORBCOMM’s RT6000+, a powerful two-way reefer monitoring and control device that provides comprehensive temperature, fuel management, maintenance and logistical applications services for the command and control of temperature-controlled cargo.
ORBCOMM has developed a customised Web application for Ryder with advanced data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase in-transit visibility and security of its dry van, refrigerated and flatbed assets. Utilising this technology in conjunction with near-real-time asset data, Ryder can best manage its fleet, increasing asset utilisation, productivity and customer service.
Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s CEO, said. “By leveraging ORBCOMM’s full systems solution, Ryder can utilise our telematics technology, hardware and network service for both lease and rental fleets to provide customers with maximum efficiency and return on investment as well as allow them to comply with product reporting requirements.”
ORBCOMM has already successfully deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, and Ryder will extend ORBCOMM’s telematics solution to its commercial lease and rental customers as a value-added benefit on their equipment. Both organizations will continue to work together to utilise this suite of products to provide the best customer experience.
ORBCOMM’s trailer telematics solution complements Ryder’s onboard telematics system, RydeSmart, a full-featured GPS fleet location, tracking and vehicle performance management system, available on the company’s lease and rental tractor fleet.